HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: ASH VS EVIL DEAD – SEASON 3

MAIN CAST

Bruce Campbell (Bubba Ho-Tep)
Ray Santiago (In Time)
Dana DeLorenzo (The Mad Ones)
Arielle Carver-O’Neill (Predestination)
Lindsay Farris (Gods of Egypt)
Lucy Lawless (Xena: WP)

Bruce Campbell, Katrina Hobbs, Ray Santiago, and Arielle Carver-O'Neill in Ash vs Evil Dead (2015)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Katrina Hobbs (Home and Away)
Ellie Gall (Stargate: Origins)
Jeffrey Thomas (Spartacus: Gods of The Arena)
Albertine Jonas (Dirty Laundry)
Samantha Young (Charlie’s Country)
Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man)
Chelsie Preston Crayford (The Code)
Will Wallace (Step Dave)
Jodie Hillock (Tracker)
Emilia Burns (The Shannara Chronicles)
Colin Moy (Spartacus)
Mikaela Rüegg (Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel)
Jessica Green (The Outpost)
James Gaylyn (Power Rangers RPM)

Dana DeLorenzo and Lindsay Farris in Ash vs Evil Dead (2015)W00hen Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell first worked together on The Evil Dead, no one could have anticipated that this 1981 splatter-fest would snowball into not only a cult classic but one of the pillars of modern horror cinema. For decades after the trilogy’s final installment in 1992’s Army of Darkness, fans clamored for more of Campbell’s buffoonish badass Ashley J. Williams. After Raimi and Campbell helped shepherd director Fede Alvarez’s 2013 reboot/remake, hopes for more of their original vision seemed bleak. Then Ash vs. Evil Dead happened.Katrina Hobbs and Arielle Carver-O'Neill in Ash vs Evil Dead (2015)Since 2015, Campbell has reprised his titular role for the Starz series, giving an older but decidedly not wiser Ash a whole mess of gory shenanigans to get into. Now returning for season 3, the series complicates matters further, introducing a teenage daughter (Arielle Carver-O’Neill) Ash has never met and forcing him to become the reluctant hero once again. Meanwhile, Ash’s longtime compatriots Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) find themselves drawn back into the fight against evil, as the trio must protect Ash’s newfound progeny against the demonic Ruby’s (Lucy Lawless) latest plot. If that all sounds just wacky enough for you, you might be destined for a date with Ash vs. Evil Dead.Lee Majors, Bruce Campbell, and Arielle Carver-O'Neill in Ash vs Evil Dead (2015)Of course, the plot of the show isn’t the point. Not really. Rather, the joy in watching it unfold lies in the cringe-inducing carnage, over-the-top black comedy and surprise callbacks to both previous elements on the series as well as the films that inspired it. Even original Evil Dead co-star Ellen Sandweiss popped up in season 2 for a bit.Arielle Carver-O'Neill in Ash vs Evil Dead (2015)Naturally, fans have been reveling in having an iconic hero like Ash back in action, and the “Ghost Beaters’” — as Ash, Pablo and Kelly call their scrappy band — repeated visits to the cabin that started it all have only fanned the fandom flame since Ash vs. Evil Dead‘s premiere. Thanks to the show’s repeated efforts to develop the Evil Dead mythos and provide a hell of a fun time doing it, the series has remarkably persisted in the face of dwindling ratings.Perhaps that’s to be expected with a series like this, though. At this point, viewers likely are already onboard for what Ash vs. Evil Dead has to offer or know better than to tune in. Indeed, the show’s particular brand of blood-spattered lunacy — which clearly tries to outdo its own bizarre grotesqueries with every episode — isn’t everyone’s taste, nor should it be.Lucy Lawless in Ash vs Evil Dead (2015)However, the series is so committed to its own ridiculousness that those who find this off-kilter tone appealing will probably only love it that much more for its niche properties. After all, the entire Evil Dead franchise was built on the back of a cult classic, a midnight movie that has somehow endured. So naturally, fans have been eating it up, while the uninitiated have turned a blind eye to Ash vs. Evil Dead. Those who have been watching know how much fun Campbell is in his signature role, and that appeal only continues with season 3. Giving Ash a daughter to care for challenges him to at least feign being a responsible adult, bringing out a side of him viewers haven’t yet gotten to know. Considering how much we’ve seen of the lusty, boozing, accidentally competent hero, it’s impressive that Ash still has layers to explore.Arielle Carver-O'Neill in Ash vs Evil Dead (2015)Moreover, Lawless earns the runner-up spot for VIP this season. She’s always been a hoot as Ruby, who always seems to be pursuing multiple schemes at once. But this year, the character takes her dedication to deception to new heights. As far as arch-nemeses go, the former warrior princess remains a formidable foe for the Ghost Beaters.Ash vs. Evil Dead is the best it’s ever been this year, the series does feel as invested in these characters as ever before. Despite all the insanity going on, viewers can’t help but root for and care about Ash, Pablo and Kelly and the predictably horrific adventures they face with a wink, a nod and (very often) a chainsaw. Unfortunately though  Ash vs. Evil Dead was  on the Starz chopping block after this season making this season the last we will see, and with Bruce Campbell stepping down from his most famous role, thislooks like the last we will see of Ash Williams.

 

REVIEW: THE OUTPOST – SEASON 2

Jessica Green in The Outpost (2018)

CAST

Jessica Green (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Jake Stormoen (War Pigs)
Imogen Waterhouse (Nocturnal Animals)
Anand Desai-Barochia (A Holiday Heist)
Robyn Malcolm (The Code)
Aaron Fontaine (Doctors)
Glynis Barber (Eastenders)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Andrew Howard (Bates Motel)
Philip Brodie (Broken News)
Amita Suman (Doctor Who)
Sonalii Castillo (Heroes)
Lilli Hollunder (Spides)
Adam Johnson (Mythica: The Godslayer)
Amy De Bhrún (Jason Bourne)
Jelena Gavrilovic (Komsije)
Magnus Samuelsson (The Last Kingdom)
Reece Ritchie (The Lovely Bones)
Jarren Dalmeda (Pennyworth)
James Downie (The Last Front)
Patrick Lyster (Black Sails)

Anand Desai-Barochia and Jessica Green in The Outpost (2018)If you liked the Shannara Chronicles or Mythica, you will like this show. It does not hurt either that the lead actress Jessica Green is every bit as beautiful and charismatic as Ivana Baquero. With striking blue eyes and a general sexiness about her it makes the scenes where guys are affected by her very believable. Additionally, the actions scenes are helped by her real life training in mixed martial arts.This is not Lord of the Rings, and it will never be. But it does not have to be. Season 2 brings alot for mythos to the show, from the start of Season 2 the show gtes better and better.Imogen Waterhouse in The Outpost (2018)The budget is obviously limited, as evidenced by the sets. Some of the pieces do look a bit like they were made for a play. The costumes are average, and above average for the villains. Very striking. Most costumes and outfits look new, but there is a decent attempt for the wardrobe to look topic appropriate. It actually costs more money to make things look old or worn, so with a limited budget it is understandable. The acting is fine for the lions share of the episodes. Jessica Green is very good , obviously a seasoned actress with a couple of tv shows in her resume. The actions scenes benefit from her experience with MMA. Choreography is decent. Male leads Jake Stormoen (was an elve in Mythica) and Andrew Howard are great for the parts and fun to watch. The plot, for season 2 is so much richer than the first each episode is o much better and with each new episode, we have better villains, better visuals, and the last 2 episode are pure brilliance. lets hope for a third season.Jake Stormoen and Jessica Green in The Outpost (2018)

 

 

REVIEW: THE OUTPOST – SEASON 1

The Outpost (2018)

CAST

Jessica Green (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Jake Stormoen (War Pigs)
Imogen Waterhouse (Nocturnal Animals)
Anand Desai-Barochia (A Holiday Heist)
Andrew Howard (Bates Motel)
Robyn Malcolm (The Code)
Kevin McNally (Pirates of The Caribbean)

Jessica Green in The Outpost (2018)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Richard Ashton (The New Adventures of Robin Hood)
Philip Brodie (Broken News)
Julian Cihi (Gypsy)
Cokey Falkow (Starship Troopers 3)
Thor Knai (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
Michael Flynn (The Hollow Point)
Adam Johnson (Waffle Street)
Ric Sarabia (Runaways)
Jake Suazo (Zombie Hunter)
Sonalii Castillo (Voodoo Vanessa)
Medalion Rahimi (My Dead Ex)
Amita Suman (Doctor Who)

The Outpost (2018)To be honest no one can truely judge a TV show just after one episode but after so many do. The Outpost is a Low Budget High-Fantasy project from movie makers in Utah. The sets are well chosen even if they had to use very often green screen, something that can look cheap if you give it a closer look. Still I see the love for details in the set and appreciate that. Either you find nothing that seems out of place, everything in the set fits in.Michael Flynn and Imogen Waterhouse in The Outpost (2018)I think 90 % of the reviews on imdb  expected another Game of Thrones, and that isn’t the case here, and it wasn’t supposed to be that way. If a show is something new it is hard to tell right at the pilot. I liked the actors yet, the acting was decent and the story introduction a little rushed to get it into the first episode without getting too slow and not bore the audience. A little too much action but I understand why they did so. The effects aren’t high-end but decent as well. It gives the show a slight retro fantasy series look. The story yet has a few minor logic and plot holes but nothing to worry about. Some logic holes you have to deal with at fantasy stories and plot holes happen to the best writer.Anand Desai-Barochia and Jessica Green in The Outpost (2018)One of the best parts in the opening episode was the grand Music in the background, something that never gets enough attention. The most costumes look new and clean but I see no issue in that, people have still to see that it’s a low budget production. The Armors are very detailed and well made, I saw worse ones in movies with a higher budget, and there too is a love for details. The show has humor, and even if there are very clean and yet plane characters, that doesn’t mean that they are not supposed to get deeper. Andrew Howard and Jessica Green in The Outpost (2018)I think many who wrote reviews on imdb are too spoiled by expensive CGI and Special Effects and don’t see that even bigger and more popular shows are full with problems they here whine about. As the show continues through it’s 10 episode run, it gets better and better and becomes must see show.